Community Outreach Experience

Students gain valuable, hands-on experience through community outreach activities.

Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic

The School of Dentistry has a strong commitment to community outreach, and our community oral health activities are an important part of both our education and service mission.

Outreach experiences provide an opportunity for dental, dental therapy and dental hygiene students to:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the community and social responsibilities they will have as dental professionals.
  • Treat a diversity of patients with a variety of oral health care needs.
  • Enhance their clinical skills.
  • Participate in inter-professional learning experiences.

Students in the last year of their Dental, Dental Therapy, and Dental Hygiene programs participate in community Outreach rotations through the Outreach Division. All dental services provided by students in Outreach are overseen by faculty of the School of Dentistry.

Outreach as a Requirement of Graduation

Community outreach experiences are required as a condition of graduation for dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students. The Outreach Division has partnered with 14 affiliate clinics in MN, ND and SD to assist students in fulfilling their community outreach experience course requirements.

To see what goes on inside the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic, a unique partnership between UCare and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Check out this video: Mobile Dental Unit Video.

Dental Clinics Affiliated with the Outreach Division, School of Dentistry

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Carris Health Dental Clinic (Willmar, MN)

Carris Health Dental Clinic 2
Carris Health Dental Clinic

Greater MN Outreach Experience

Carris Health Dental Clinic is a ten chair dental clinic within the Carris Health-Rice Memorial Hospital. This clinic is designed to treat many of the under-served patients in a surrounding 17 county area. Dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students from the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry will provide care to patients at this clinic year round. Students who rotate to this Outreach clinic site will spend 2-4 weeks treating a diverse patient population, while being exposed to life and practice in greater Minnesota. 

De Smet Dental Services (De Smet, SD)

Exterior of De Smet dental services building

South Dakota Outreach Experience

De Smet Dental Services is located within the De Smet Community Health Center. The new dental clinic opened in August, 2013. De Smet Dental Clinic offers digital intraoral panoramic x-rays, full family oral health services, including preventive care and restorative dentistry. Two students from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry will spend four weeks at De Smet Dental Services beginning September 2014 through collaboration with Horizon Health Care and the State of South Dakota. This is an outreach rotation designed to expose two students from the School of Dentistry to dental practice in rural South Dakota, while providing a valuable clinical experience for our students.

East Side Family Clinic (St. Paul, MN)

East Side Family Clinic
East Side Family Clinic

The East Side Family Clinic is operated by West Side Community Health Services (WSCHS) under Minnesota Community Care, which provides comprehensive health care and social services with bilingual/bicultural staff on a sliding fee scale. Services include primary, specialty, preventive, urgent care, complementary, pharmacy, dental, OB/GYN, mental health, social and wrap-around services such as child care, transportation and assistance with health plan enrollment. They are proud to serve over 35,000 patients each year.

WSCHS serves the diverse St. Paul metro area community -- particularly the Latino and Hmong populations, St. Paul public housing residents, people in the homeless population, and adolescents in a service area that includes a significant portion of the City of St. Paul and Ramsey County.

WSCHS strives to ensure that everyone has access to high quality, affordable health care, to actively engage patients in their own health care, and to respect the traditions of those we serve. They strive to improve the health of our region for the benefit of all.
WSCHS serves the diverse St. Paul metro area community -- particularly the Latino and Hmong populations, St. Paul public housing residents, people in the homeless population, and adolescents in a service area that includes a significant portion of the City of St. Paul and Ramsey County.

WSCHS strives to ensure that everyone has access to high quality, affordable health care, to actively engage patients in their own health care, and to respect the traditions of those we serve. They strive to improve the health of our region for the benefit of all.

Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic (Hibbing, MN)

Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic
Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic
Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic

Greater MN Outreach Experience

Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic is located approximately 200 miles north of Minneapolis and is operated as a joint venture between the University of Minnesota and the Hibbing Community College (HCC). The clinic is operated in collaboration with the existing dental assisting program at HCC. The patient population is primarily the underserved families of St. Louis, Lake, Cook, and Carlton Counties. Dental students assigned to this clinic become familiar with the characteristics of a rural practice and develop an understanding of operating such a practice.

Dental Clinic Telephone Number: 218-263-2916 or 888-749-8108

Dental Clinic Address: 1515 East 25th St. Hibbing, MN 55746

Jerauld County Dental Clinic (Wessington Springs, SD)

Jerauld County Dental Clinic

South Dakota Outreach Experience

Jerauld County Dental Clinic in Wessington Springs, SD is a fully equipped dental clinic with five dental operatories. This clinic provides a full range of family oral health services including preventative care, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, and oral surgery. This dental clinic is staffed with one full-time dentist (graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry) and a full-time hygienist. Starting in fall 2016, two dental students from the School of Dentistry will spend four weeks at Jerauld County Dental Clinic. This outreach rotation is made possible through collaboration between the School of Dentistry, Horizon Health Care, Inc., and the State of South Dakota. This rotation is designed to expose our students to dental practice in rural South Dakota, while providing a valuable clinical experience.

Mobile Dental Clinic

Mobile Dental Clinic
Mobile Dental Clinic

Metro Area & Greater MN Outreach Experience

The Mobile Dental Clinic is owned by UCare, an independent, non-profit health plan company. The clinic offers dental services to UCare members who have limited access to dental care. The MDC travels into the community to serve a population that is underserved due to multiple access issues. The mission of the MDC is to provide preventive and primary dental care services to pediatric, adult, special needs, and senior populations and to assist UCare members in finding a dental home.  In addition to enhancing clinical skills, the MDC rotation includes the opportunity for dental students to become familiar with the management aspects of a 3-chair dental clinic, to develop an awareness of patients who have been underserved by dental care, and to identify the nature of dental needs in various communities of the Twin Cities and in greater Minnesota.

NorthPoint Health and Wellness (Minneapolis, MN)

NorthPoint

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center offers full service dental care and is one of the largest dental clinics in the metro area, providing quality care to both adults and children.

The clinic’s dental services include:

  • Preventative care
  • Restorative care
  • Emergency care
  • Digital X-ray
  • Prosthodontic care (full and partial dentures)
  • Pedodontic care (children)

The NorthPoint dental clinic staff are highly skilled, respectful, caring and culturally sensitive. They offer interpreter services for non-English speaking patients, and financial counselors to assist with enrollment in various insurance and payment plans.

Prairie Winds Dental Clinic (Howard, SD)

Prairie Winds Dental Clinic
Prairie Winds Dental Clinic

South Dakota Outreach Experience

Prairie Winds Dental Clinic in Howard, South Dakota is a ten chair dental clinic owned by Horizon Health Care, a non-profit organization committed to providing health care to underserved patients throughout South Dakota. Two students from the University Of Minnesota School of Dentistry will spend four weeks at Prairie Winds Dental Clinic beginning September, 2007 through a collaboration with Horizon Health Care and the State of South Dakota. This is an outreach rotation designed to expose two students from the School of Dentistry to dental practice in rural South Dakota, while providing a valuable clinical experience for our students. This outreach experience is a four week rotation to Prairie Winds Dental Clinic.

Scenic Rivers Dental Clinic (Cook, MN)

Scenic Rivers Dental Clinic
Scenic Rivers Dental Clinic

Greater MN Outreach Experience

Scenic Rivers Health Services Cook Dental Clinic is located in Cook, MN. This is a busy Community Health Center with experienced general dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and excellent support staff. This outreach experience provides dental students a wonderful opportunity to experience life and practice in rural, northern Minnesota.

Spectra Health (Grand Forks, ND)

Spectra Health
Spectra Health

North Dakota Outreach Experience

Spectra Health is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota in the Deaconess Building. The clinic is a busy Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that treats a diverse population of all ages. Spectra Health offers restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, and removable prosthetics as well as preventative dental services. This is a four week clinical rotation for dental students. This is an outreach rotation designed to expose two students from the School of Dentistry to dental practice in North Dakota, while providing a valuable clinical experience for our students.

IHS/Tribal Outreach opportunities for dental students

The two-week August IHS/Tribal Outreach opportunity is a time when senior dental students may volunteer to participate in a IHS/Tribal Outreach opportunity. This experience provides the students with an opportunity to increase their confidence in providing clinical dental care, as well as experience the dynamics of clinical practice at an Indian Health Service/Tribal health care facility. The School of Dentistry collaborates with four Indian Health Service/Tribal sites, all of which are located in northern Minnesota.

Indian Health Service (IHS) and Tribal Outreach opportunities (Dental Externships through the IHS) are School of Dentistry sanctioned experiences for fourth year dental students. Current third year dental students must NOT apply for an Indian Health Service (IHS) Dental Externship without the approval of the School of Dentistry Outreach Division office.

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Cass Lake Hospital (Cass Lake, MN)

Cass Lake Hospital

IHS/Tribal Outreach Externship Experience

Cass Lake, MN

This new clinic provides nearly every phase of dentistry (except Orthodontics and Implants). The clinics primary focus has been oral surgery, Endodontics, and Pediatrics. The facility is located 13 miles west of Bemidji, MN where outdoor activities abound: biking, hiking, skiing (water & snow) hunting, and fishing.

Min-No-Aya-Win Health Center (Cloquet, MN)

Min-No-Aya-Win

IHS/Tribal Outreach Externship Experience

Cloquet, MN

The Fond Du Lac Reservation lies in the scenic woods of northern Minnesota. The dental clinic is adjacent to downtown Cloquet, which is 22 miles from Duluth, MN. The dental clinic provides a full range of preventive oral care including periodontal, full and partial dentures, root canals, bleaching, oral surgery, and limited Orthodontics.

Red Lake Hospital (Red Lake, MN)

Red Lake Hospital

IHS/Tribal Outreach Externship Experience

Red Lake, MN

The clinic is located among the heavily wooded rolling hills, lakes, swaps, and prairies 35 minutes north of Bemidji, Minnesota. Home to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, it has the highest Native American population outside of Minneapolis. The clinic can provide a variety of dental procedures (except Orthodontics and Implants) primarily sees Oral Surgery, Endodontic, and Pediatric Dentistry patients.

White Earth (Ogema, MN)

White Earth

IHS/Tribal Outreach Externship Experience

Ogema, MN

Located 20 miles north of the resort town of Detroit Lakes, MN where fishing, kayaking, water-skiing, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling are a few of the recreational activities. The White Earth Health Center operates three dental clinics. The main clinic in Ogema is an ambulatory care facility with nine chairs. There are two satellite clinics, Naytahwaush, and Pinepint, MN each with 2 operatories and operated on a part-time bases. The clinics provide the full range of preventive dentistry.